Worcester Homecoming is a unique celebration of distinguished Worcester-area alumni coming together to experience the city’s inspiring energy firsthand.

The full multi-day event will feature engaging speakers, behind the scenes field trips, networking opportunities, entertainment, and more – all showcasing Worcester’s emerging businesses, people, and culture.

Please return to this page for more details as we get closer to the event.

BrickBox Theatre
20 Franklin St.

4 – 5 PM
Fireside Chat with Dr. Craig Mello, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine, Distinguished Professor of UMass Chan Medical School, and Nobel Prize recipient for the discovery of RNA interference. Dr. Mello will be joined on-stage by Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, Sr. Health Reporter at WBUR and Shrewsbury-native.


Polar Park
100 Madison St.
5 – 6 PM
Private Tours

6 – 7 PM
Welcome Reception on the Hanover Deck with remarks by

  • Peter Stanton, Publisher, Worcester Business Journal, Worcester Homecoming Founder
  • Eric Batista, Acting City Manager, City of Worcester
  • Ralph D. Crowley, Jr., President and CEO, Polar Beverages

7 – 9 PM
Alumni Celebration Dinner on the Concourse with remarks by

  • Larry Lucchino, Boston Red Sox
  • Tim Murray, President & CEO, Worcester Chamber of Commerce

AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester
125 Front St.
7:30 – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

Breakfast & a Conversation with Tim Garvin, President & CEO, United Way of Central MA, and Carolyn Stempler, Owner, Carolyn & June Designs, about Worcester Together, a citywide partnership to support Covid-19 response, relief, and recovery efforts

8:30 – 9 AM
Opening Plenary by

  • Mayor Joe Petty, City of Worcester
  • Kola Akindele, AVP – External Relationships & Strategic Partnerships, WPI, Worcester Homecoming Vice Chair
  • Sherri Pitcher, Sr. Director of Marketing & Business Development, Fontaine Bros., Inc., Worcester Homecoming Chair
  • Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

9 – 9:45 AM
Constructing community: how the construction boom has powered Worcester’s renaissance

  • Peter Dunn, Chief Development Officer, City of Worcester
  • Bo Menkiti, Founder & CEO of the Menkiti Group
  • Denis Dowdle, President, Madison Properties
  • Charran Fisher, CEO, Fisher Contracting Corp.
  • Jim Leary, UMass Memorial Health

9:45 – 10:30 AM
Building blocks: approaching development on the neighborhood level

  • Joe Corazzini, VP, Government & Community Affairs, Clark University
  • Kim Salmon, AVP, Community Relations, Hanover Group Insurance Foundation
  • Casey Starr, Director of Community Initiatives, Main South CDC
  • Taylor Bearden, Partner, Civico

10:30 – 10:45 AM
Morning Break & Expo

10:45 – 11:30 AM
Worcester’s spotlight: how group experiences have transformed Worcester

  • Lindiana Semidei, Program Officer, Arts & Culture, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Troy Siebels, President & CEO, The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory
  • Hank Von Hellion, Executive Director, Worcester PopUp
  • Stephanie Ramey, President, Worcester Railers Hockey Club

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Worcester wins together

  • Melanie Bonsu, Community Relations Manager, Saint-Gobain Abrasives
  • Tim Murry, President & CEO, Worcester Chamber of Commerce
  • Ulysses Youngblood, President & Co-Founder, Major Bloom
  • Miguelina Peralta, Executive Director, EforAll

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Keynote Luncheon by Chancellor Michael F. Collins, UMass Chan Medical School, introduced by Che Anderson, Asst. Vice Chancellor for City & Community Relations

2 – 4 PM
Honored alumni and their guests are invited to join one of the following Field Trips

  • Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings: Lincoln Square
    Visit the Worcester Memorial Auditorium and learn about its exciting redevelopment, then take a tour of the new Courthouse Lofts and Major Taylor Museum.
  • Worcester’s Innovation Economy: Biotechnology and Life Sciences, 17 Briden St.
    Hear from leaders of Worcester’s biotech and life sciences sector and see their innovative products firsthand at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives’ (MBI) newest location.
  • All Roads Lead to Kelly Square: The Canal District Trolley Tour
    Learn about the past, present, and future of the Canal District, Worcester’s most recently celebrated neighborhoods, on a guided trolley tour and discussion at the Worcester Public Market.  
  • Worcester’s Creative Economy: The Printer’s Building, 44 Portland St.
    Meet the tenants of the Printer’s Building, a 96-year old industrial building reinvented as a cornerstone for arts and innovation downtown, including a jazz station, art galleries, and an artisan makerspace.
  • Worcester Public Schools: A Tour of the New South High, 170 Apricot St.
    Walk the halls of the new South High Community School, which opened its doors to students in the ‘21-’22 school year, and learn about the current state of WPS and its community.

The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory
2 Southbridge St.
5:30 – 7 PM
Tour & On-Stage Champagne Toast


The Mercantile
2 Mercantile St.

7:30 – 9 PM
Homecoming Dinner


After Hours at the AC Hotel By Marriott Worcester Lounge

AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester
125 Front St.
9 – 10 AM
Breakfast, Feedback, Closing, and Next Steps with

  • Kola Akindele, AVP – External Relationships & Strategic Partnerships, WPI, Worcester Homecoming Vice Chair
  • Sherri Pitcher, Sr. Director of Marketing & Business Development, Fontaine Bros., Inc., Worcester Homecoming Chair
  • Peter Stanton, Publisher, Worcester Business Journal, Worcester Homecoming Founder